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Dive Review of Easy Divers/Habitat Curacao in

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Bridenbaugh, Ohio, USA
Report Number 1211
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Aruba, Barbados, St. Thomas, Bonair
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally within safe recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We booked our July stay at Habitat Curacao way back in March. We are avid
Bonaire divers and did a little diving in Aruba. We use Maduro and Bev Ivey
always does a nice job taking care of us, however, you can count on
something going wrong and it did. They had no record of our reservation for
a double cab pickup so we had to settle for a little Rav-4, which
surprisingly accommodated our foursome.
 After a 20-minute trip over to Habitat we checked in and loaded our gear
into our rooms without a hitch.  Our room was great we had the Lania Villa
and it had two large bedrooms with shower and bathtub, closet, TV, chest of
drawers and writing table.  The best part of the room arrangement was that
the couple we came with had their room next to ours and we share a very
nice patio with couches, table and chairs and a sort of hutch that opened
up into a stove, sink, small refrigerator and pantry. This was in open air
with a roof over it and it had a ceiling fan. We were able to dry out our
swimsuits and dive gear when necessary and bought some groceries in town
making for nice easy lunches.
   Since we arrived in the evening about 8:00 PM and Habitat is at least 15
minutes away from any restaurant we ate at the House restaurant which is
only fair.  They have a rather reserved staff and like all the Caribbean
service you just have to wait.  Menu is the usual assortment of shrimp a
couple of different ways, limited fish, some pasta dishes, a couple of
local dishes, burgers, club sandwiches, grilled cheese, quesadias and a
couple of soups. I think you can get a steak but like the other islands in
ABC the beef comes from Argentina or Venezuela and can be tough.  
   After a short, brief, and to-the-point orientation at the dive shop we
dove right away. Lockers, drying racks, and tank room are near the dive
pier as are changing tables and fresh water rinse tanks including one
dedicated to cameras. The reef system is very much like Bonaire surrounding
the island with small walls and gradually sloping hills dropping down to
sand flats 100-150’ or more.   They are very good condition with abundant
fish life and lots of Macros.  Water temperature is in the low 80’s in
summer and mid 70’s in winter. While the surface temperature was hot
(85-90) it seemed comfortable because of the ever-moving trade winds. There
are a few wrecks, but, the one that draws the most attention is the
Superior Producer and it can only be dived on when there are no cruise
chips or supply ships in the harbor. We couldn’t dive there the entire time
because of the ships in the harbor.
     Dive till you drop is the order of the day here.   We saw numerous
reef fish, many Eels of all types, it’s loaded with Banded Coral Shrimp.
Arrow Crabs, Cleaner Shrimp, Nudibranches, Anemones, Batwing Crabs,
Lobsters, and all of the marine life that usually indicate a healthy reef
system.  On subsequent dives including boat and shore dives elsewhere we
saw the same thing as well as Barracudas, Turtles, Frogfish, Sea Horses, an
occasional Ray and tons of Macros. Like the other two ABC islands the
sharks and rays are rare.
There are enough good easy to get to shore sights that make renting a
pickup or small SUV worthwhile for at least a few days, however keep in
mind that a diver will want to be at least average or better in fitness to
dive many of the shore dives. One in our group is very obese and could not
even attempt the shore dives save for the house reef. The restaurant staff
seemed rather reserved and not so friendly. The menus is limited but there
are a few pasta dishes, fish of the day (usually Mahi Mahi) a few
sandwiches and a couple of Pork dishes. They have a barbecue on Tuesday and
it’s fairly good, but remember the closest restaurant is about 15 minutes
by car.  The breakfast buffet is good with eggs to order or omelets,
pancakes, French Toast, potatoes, sausage, bacon (not so palatable ), fresh
fruits, also cheeses, lunchmeat, Peanut butter, and sehr gut Bröchen
(für sie leute von  Europa ).  

Since the resort is located well out of walking distance to any grocery or
restaurant you might want to think seriously about a rental vehicle. As for
the town of Willemstad it is worth taking a look at with it’s Dutch looking
buildings and decent shopping as well as some good eating-places. 
A word of caution. We flew to Miami on Delta and from there on Dutch
Caribbean and be prepared to be patient with Dutch Caribbean because they
routinely overbook and we had to spend an extra night in Miami because we
couldn’t get back when we were scheduled and missed our connection.  I
would encourage travel by Jamaica Air or American but save yourself some
trauma and stay away from DC.  Dutch Caribbean needs to get their act
together.  We would give Curacao and Habitat Curacao our hearty
recommendation.  We’ll go back.     

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